Energy Performance Certificates: guide

Guidance on the use of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) which provide information about how energy efficient a building is, and how the efficiency could be improved.


Some types of building may not require an EPC.

Buildings which meet any of the conditions below do not require an EPC:

  • stand-alone buildings (other than dwellings) with a useful floor area of less than 50m²
  • temporary buildings with a planned use of two years or less
  • buildings with a low energy demand, i.e. non-residential agricultural buildings and workshops
  • buildings sold for the purpose of demolition

Please note that places of worship and historic buildings are not subject to an exemption in Scotland, unless they fall in to one of the categories listed above.



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